Saturday morning my friend Claire and I got together for a puppy play date and Christmas cookie baking party. Since adopting Pierre (in August) Claire and I have brought the puppies together to play three times. The first time Pierre was just over three pounds and SO afraid of Dobby he hid between my legs the entire time. The second time they ran around in their Halloween costumes and played (fairly) nicely like little ghouls. This time Pierre was the BIGGEST bully. I’m hoping that fixing Pierre in January will keep him from trying to dominate other dogs, but I’m really not sure how that whole surgical procedure works…I just want Pierre and Dobby to be best friends, is that too much to ask?
Claire is a fabulous chef! We lived together freshman year of college and both ate cinnamon toast crunch every morning for breakfast. Since then, she’s evolved to eating paleo and whole 30 and cooking wonderfully delicious meals while I’m still eating frozen burritos and call it a success.
Our cookie making party was pretty flawless, with the exception of one challenge. Claire’s apartment building scheduled a block of time to turn the water off for a few hours, it just so happened to be while we were baking. Though our recipes did not call for water, we found ourselves craving it once the pipes ran dry. Cleaning up flour and butter and sticky dough is much harder when you don’t have access to running water. Luckily, we rationed a bit water from a water bottle we’d filled up prior so we were able to clean up a teeny bit along the way.
As a child, the women on my mom’s side of the family got together around Christmas time at my Grandma’s house (I called her ‘Nanny’). We would spend the entire day making fudge, sugar cookies, no-bake cookies, homemade candy, banana bread, wreath cookies and more. I have such fond memories of sneaking cookie dough, dumping sprinkles and food coloring onto every sugar cookie I could reach and finally packaging up the treats and delivering the baked goods to friends and neighbors.
When my Grandma passed away we slowly stopped gathering for the tradition. It’s sad to see a tradition disappear, but I am so grateful for the happy memories I have in the kitchen with my cousin, Grandma, mom and aunts.
Baking cookies with Claire might have to be a new Christmas tradition! The afternoon was laid and back and carefree. It’s always fun to bake with someone who has a knack for picking the best Pinterest recipes. I don’t even have a food/recipe board on Pinterest so it’s pretty obvious how clueless I am in the kitchen. I do think I make a great assistant though! Twirling the frozen marshmallows into warm chocolate and crushed up candy cane definitely felt like a flashback to baking as a child. Though cooking isn’t my favorite hobby, baking is somehow exponentially more fun.
Coincidentally, Claire and I both picked to wear plaid for our baking party. Claire always looks chic (seriously she could pull off a paper bag) and Saturday was no exception. I had to go straight from baking with Claire to nannying at a holiday party so I wanted a look that felt cozy for baking, cute enough for a party and flexible enough to crawl around on the floor playing legos with toddlers. Saturday was incredibly rainy and dreary in Seattle. I chose a skirt I haven’t worn since high school (shopping my own closet), a basic pair of black tights, my new over the knee boots and added a comfy sweatshirt-jacket from Synergy. My favorite part about the Mulberry jacket is how easily it can be dressed up or down. It’s soft and cozy like a sweatshirt so worn with leggings or joggers it feels athletic. Yet, the asymmetrical design and exposed zipper makes it feel a bit more fashionable than your typical hoodie. I am definitely impressed with the quality of Synergy pieces. Not only is Synergy ethical (helping women in Nepal work from home so they can support their families) but Synergy offers stylish clothing you actually want to wear (like this cashmere infinity scarf that literally looks like a spa retreat for your neck).
I’m all about clothing that works for hopping from activity to activity throughout the day. The comfortable basics from Synergy are definite wardrobe staples that work for a variety of lifestyles. Next I want to add this little black dress to my closet for work and parties.
Our treats turned out delicious, though admittedly the marshmallow bonbons are a bit too sweet to eat entirely by yourself if you aren’t Buddy the elf or under the age of eight. I don’t have a final picture of the Raspberry ribbon cookies (they were cut into one inch strips after baking) but I can promise the recipe is worth saving. Please share your favorite traditional Christmas cookies and holiday treats! Do you bake alone? With family or friends?
I am really loving every moment of this sweet holiday season and I hope you are too!